UK MPs have threatened to release the name of the controversial BBC presenter in the House of Commons. The parents who claim their child was paid by a prominent BBC celebrity to pose for sexually explicit images have said that they have bank statements and screenshots to back them up.
Legislators have indicated that they may step in and reveal the broadcaster at the center of the controversy, who has not yet been made public by the company.
Following early claims that the presenter had paid the teenager £35,000 for the pictures, a number of famous people were compelled to issue statements refuting the rumors that they were the ones behind the images.
The young person has refuted the allegations, claiming through a lawyer, that they are “rubbish” and that nothing improper or illegal has happened.
However, according to their mother and stepfather, they have a compilation of incriminating evidence, including financial transactions, screenshots of their communication, and even an hour-long briefing with the BBC.
The parents say they spoke with BBC representatives hours after the presenter attempted to meet the youngster at a railway station. They further claimed that the money their child received from the BBC star fueled a spiraling crack cocaine addiction.
While an inquiry is ongoing, the BBC has suspended the star and removed them from the air, but has so far declined to identify them.
Parliamentarians have discussed invoking parliamentary privilege to dispel the rumors by naming the BBC personality in the Commons.
Broadcasters and newspapers have been prohibited by privacy restrictions from identifying the presenter in question. A snap poll revealed that one in six Britons who were asked by reporters to name the presenter can already do so.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the BBC personality has retained specialized privacy and media attorneys at Harbottle & Lewis, the same firm that represents the Royal Family, in an effort to save his reputation and regain his job.